JOURNAL OF DEFENCE STUDIES

The People Next Door: The Curious History of India’s Relations with Pakistan, by T.C.A. Raghavan

Lieutenant General Ghanshyam Singh Katoch, PVSM, AVSM, VSM (Retd.) is an Associate Member of the Institute of Defence Studies and Analyses (IDSA) and an elected member of the Executive Council of the United Services Institute of India (USI).
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  • October-December 2018
    Volume: 
    12
    Issue: 
    4
    Book Review

    ‘The People Next Door’ is the name of a 1968 television (TV) series made into a 1970 Hollywood movie, a 1996 TV film, a 2008 novel, again a 2016 TV film, and, in the case of the book being reviewed, a non-fiction historical book. When we spend time in observing neighbours, the act has a voyeuristic feel. A quote by the late Aleister Crowley, British magician and occultist, in the above-mentioned 2008 novel states, ‘it is evidently consoling to reflect that the people next door are going to hell’.1 However, Raghavan’s book does not convey this negative aspect, which a reader may expect to find.

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